Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Anthony Kim are just some of the big names teeing it up this week at the Honda Classic. But there's one guy you shouldn't expect to see anytime soon: John Daly. Daly is suing organizers of the Honda Classic for $15,000 in damages after a 2007 incident where a fan took a picture of Daly during his round. Daly claims he was injured when he tried to stop his swing after being distracted by the fan's picture.
Daly, who withdrew from the tournament, alleges in the complaint that security was negligent because they allowed her on the course with a camera and failed to remove her after he told them she had a camera.
At the time of the incident, the woman was a resident of the complex where the tournament was being held and it was not clear whether she went through standard security screening.
The Golden Bear and the Chosen One Outside of Pebble Beach, pro-ams don't grab too many headlines. But that wasn't the case Wednesday at the Honda Classic, where Jack Nicklaus joined Tim Tebow, Jason Taylor and Kenny G for a memorable foursome. According to Dave George of the Palm Beach Post, Tebow's golf game made a quick impression on the 18-time major champion.
The former and forever Florida Gator legend did hit his opening drive to the back fringe of the par-four green, however, a windblown clout of some 350 yards from the blue tees.
Flew that ball right over the top of the flagstick, too, with a ballmark some 15 feet directly behind the pin. That much was verified by none other than Jack Nicklaus, who repaired the spot himself and tossed the ball back to Tebow, who promptly three-putted for par.
There were three Tebow birdies in all, including a scrambling save from up against the grandstand steps on No. 18, and enough caroming shots off trees and at least one house that nobody really bothered keeping score. Any way you slice it, the Golden Bear, 71, really seemed to enjoy this feature grouping with the golden boy. From the beginning, when they met on the PGA National practice range, there was easy laughter.
And, as usual with Tebow, more than a little amazement, too.
"I saw half the ball come down," Jack said after watching Tebow slash away at one of 15 or so hurried warm-up shots. "Where'd the other half go?"
Close Call Aaron Baddeley has a lot to be thankful for besides winning recently at Riviera. Helen Ross at pgatour.com says Baddeley's family in Australia lost their home in a house fire, but fortunately no one was seriously hurt.
His sister Emma was calling to tell him that their parents' home in Wonga Park, a Melbourne suburb, had just been destroyed by fire. His father Ron was on crutches, nursing second-degree burns on his left foot, but otherwise everyone was fine.
"She told me the stories and I was like, no way," Baddeley recalled. "I just felt so helpless but there was nothing I could do."
According to Baddeley, the fire appears to have started in some faulty wiring and quickly spread up the walls of the brick house and into the ceiling. As the heat intensified, the outdoor barbeque exploded, which woke his parents and sister up.
"From there, they literally had two minutes and then the ceiling started falling in," Baddeley said. "It was such a blessing. The Lord was really looking out for them. If they hadn't heard (the barbeque explode), no telling what might have happened."